Race for coronavirus treatment sees 2 generic drugs tested
Two low-cost generic drugs used to treat malaria and lower blood pressure are being tested by U.S. researchers to see if they have any effect in treating the novel coronavirus. Hydroxychloroquine, which is also being tested by China, Australia and France, has had success in suppressing the production and release of proteins involved in the inflammatory complications of other viral illnesses, according to Reuters.
“We’re trying to leverage the science to see if we can do something in addition to minimizing contacts,” Dr. Jakub Tolar, dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School and vice president for clinical affairs, told Reuters. “Results are likely in weeks, not months.”
The drug is being tested in a trial of 1,500 people led by University of Minnesota researchers, while two other trials studying the effect …continued .
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